Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fat Tuesday Musings

Happy Mardi Gras!

I'm not an overly religious person. I consider myself Catholic but I don't agree with the Pope on lots of things. I don't regularly attend Mass because I work on Sundays. I don't always give up something for Lent.

This year however I feel compelled to give up Facebook for Lent. So starting tomorrow until Easter there will be no Facebook for me.

I confess that I'm actually looking forward to it. As a single person who works in the evenings I probably spend more time on Facebook than say a person who works a 9-5 job or a busy mom, although some of my mom friends are on FB a lot.

But I wonder if the time I spend on Facebook isn't one of the biggest hurdles to my writing success. I mean how many times have I logged on only to lose a half hour or an hour of time?

I didn't attend the Winter SCBWI conference in New York City but I followed the hashtag on twitter. I wish I had thought to save the tweet but there was a quote about getting off Facebook and writing more so maybe that is what sparked the idea of this or me.

I'm really excited for what this could mean for my writing. I have a couple projects that I really, really like. I'm excited to work on them. I think they have legs. I'm looking forward to the time I'll be able to spend on them during my Facebreak.

I think it's hard for aspiring writers. We all hear that we need to have some sort of social media presence  but at the same time we know that time spent on these things can be one of the biggest thieves of our writing time.

I'm not giving up all social media.  I'll still use Twitter, I don't spend nearly as much time on Twitter as I do on Facebook. I'll still blog, instagram, pinterest, and use goodreads.

I'm interviewing an illustrator friend today and I'll post the interview on Friday so be sure to come back on Friday and check it out.

How do you balance Facebook and other social media in your life and writing?


E.J. Wesley said...

Social media can definitely swallow you whole, Carrie. Not a bad idea to 'detox' from it every now and then. :-)

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

So true Carrie-- I find myself losing lots of time on FB. I tend to blog in chunks and set them to publish over several days or a week, so it's not such a constant draw.
I'm a really inconsistent twitterer, pinterester, and intagramer.
I like this idea-- can't wait to hear what you accomplish.

Anonymous said...

I am going to use LeechBlock *(firefox add on) to make sure I do not and cannot log in to FB + pinterest for Lent. I'm also using LeechBlock to only allow myself a small window of login time for email. This is the year I get away from sites that I have allowed to leech my time. So many things to do and so many other things I really want to focus on anyway! Three cheers for dedicating more time to your creativity and writing! ~B